John Rankin (footballer)
John Rankin (born 27 June 1983 in Bellshill) is a Scottish footballer, who plays as a central midfielder for Clyde. Rankin has previously played for Ross County, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Hibernian, Dundee United, Falkirk and Queen of the South. Rankin also played once for a Scotland B team, in 2006.
|Full name||John Rankin|
|Date of birth||27 June 1983|
|Place of birth||Bellshill, Scotland|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder|
|2001||→ Corinthians (loan)|
|2006–2008||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||49||(9)|
|2017–2018||Queen of the South||51||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 4 May 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2011
Rankin started his career at English Premier League club Manchester United but did not make any first team appearances. Whilst at the Red Devils, he was loaned out to Corinthians, along with Ben Muirhead by Alex Ferguson, so to gain experience before returning to Manchester United. However, his time there was a disaster, as he explained about how both players struggled for food whilst there:
|“||We got up one day and had our breakfast but then ate no lunch and no dinner. The day after we had NOTHING to eat. Our next meal was lunch the following day. We hadn’t eaten for two days and had been at six training sessions so it was a struggle. The other players knew where to go for food but we couldn’t communicate with anyone.||”|
Rankin also spoke about the poverty he had seen in his time in Brazil:
|“||One of my main memories is the poverty in the place. I saw people living in wooden sheds and kids begging. The children hunted in packs for food. The kids hung lollipops over your wing mirror if you stopped at traffic lights and if you took them off they’d ask for money. That’s how bad it was. I’ve young children myself now and it’s not right for a boy of eight to have to beg. It was a reality check. I was only 18 and it was heart breaking. It really opened my eyes.||”|
After unsuccessful trials with a number of Scottish Premier League clubs  Rankin signed for Scottish First Division club Ross County in 2003 and played in 101 league matches for the Dingwall club and scored 17 goals. Rankin also received two league Player of the Year awards.
Inverness Caledonian ThistleEdit
Rankin moved to Highland derby rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle for a reported fee of £65,000 in 2006, making him one of several players to have played for both Highland clubs. Rankin played in 49 league matches and scored 9 goals for the Caley Jags that included a stunning last minute winner versus Rangers on 27 December 2006.
In January 2008, Rankin moved to Hibernian for a fee of £110,000. Rankin scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win for Hibs against Celtic on 7 December 2008. The goal was notable because it was scored from a yard in front of the centre circle, approximately 45 yards from the goal. The shot dipped and deceived the Celtic goalkeeper, Polish international Artur Boruc. After the game, Rankin described the shot as a "squiggler".
Rankin was a candidate for the Hibs captaincy after Rob Jones left for Scunthorpe United in the summer of 2009. New manager John Hughes decided to give the armband to Chris Hogg, however, with Ian Murray to serve as Hogg's vice captain. Rankin fell out of favour under Colin Calderwood and was told in March 2011 that his contract would not be renewed. Rankin played in 100 league matches for the Hibees and scored 6 goals.
Rankin signed a two-year contract with Dundee United on 17 May 2011. He scored five goals for United as the team finished fourth in the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League season and qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. In June 2012, Rankin agreed an extended contract with United. He was appointed chairman of PFA Scotland in February 2013, replacing Jack Ross. On 26 February 2014, Rankin agreed a two-year contract extension. On 4 May 2016 it was announced that he would be one of eight out-of-contract players leaving the club at the end of the season, having not been offered a new contract. Rankin played in 173 league matches for Dundee United and scored 12 goals.
On 22 July 2016, Rankin signed for Falkirk, having spent time training with the club. Rankin left Falkirk on 5 January 2017 after the club agreed to terminate his contract. Rankin played in 13 league matches for the Bairns without scoring any goals.
Queen of the SouthEdit
On 5 January 2017, Rankin joined Queen of the South on an 18-month contract, until the end of the 2017–18 season. Rankin was appointed Queens' club captain by recently appointed manager Gary Naysmith before the league match at St Mirren on 7 January 2017, taking over from previous captain Chris Higgins.
In March 2017, Rankin was appointed as the Under-17s coach at Heart of Midlothian, which he combined with his playing duties at the Doonhamers. Rankin relinquished his position as chairman of PFA Scotland in February 2018  and he departed the Dumfries club at the end of the 2017-18 season. Rankin played in 51 league matches for the Doonhamers and scored two goals.
Rankin suffered a broken ankle in the penultimate league match of the season and missed the play-offs, but the club still won promotion to League One. At the PFA Scotland awards, he was shortlisted for Player of the Year and named in the Team of the Year for League Two.
|Club||Season||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Queen of the South||2016–17||17||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||17||1|
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- "Rankin voted best in Division One". BBC Sport. 1 May 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Rankin is voted top player in SFL". BBC Sport. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
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